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Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America
From its beginnings in hip hop culture, the dense rhythms and aggressive lyrics of rap music have made it a provocative fixture on the American cultural landscape. In Black Noise: Rap Music and Black
"Fear of a Black Planet": Rap Music and Black Cultural Politics in the 1990s.
Popular wisdom regarding rap's (or Hip Hop's) political development sustains that rap music was not always political. It began as an apolitical "party music" with limited social relevance. For many
Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy
In a culture driven by sexual and racial imagery, very few honest conversations about race, gender and sexuality actually take place. In their absence, commonly held perceptions of black women as
Microphone fiends: youth music & youth culture.
Microphone Fiends, a collection of original essays and interviews, brings together some of the best known scholars, critics, journalists and performers to focus on the contemporary scene. It includes